“Therapy gave me the strength to walk and to use my arms better.”

Elizabeth Medkiff had a cough that worsened and turned into pneumonia.


The illness left Medkiff weak, and she decided to come to Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, for rehabilitation.


When Medkiff arrived on Oct. 8, 2019, she needed assistance with all her activities of daily living, including bathing, getting dressed and performing hygiene tasks like brushing her hair. She could only walk 30 feet with a rolling walker.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Medkiff five days a week. They helped her with gait training, dynamic balance exercises, upper- and lower-body strengthening exercises, transfer training, energy conservation techniques and activities of daily living retraining.


“Ms. Medkiff had a consistently positive and hard-working attitude throughout her stay here,” said Devin Harris, occupational therapist. “She was determined to return home with her loving family.”


Medkiff reached her goals and returned home on Oct. 25. She was able to walk 750 feet with a rolling walker and dress and bathe herself with setup assistance.


“Therapy gave me the strength to walk and to use my arms better,” said Medkiff. “I liked Life Care a whole lot.”